Amash-Conyers July 26, 2013July 26, 2013 ~ susie 0 shares Share Tweet Pin I’ve been trying to explain to people why I see it as a win, but this article does a better job than I did. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading... Published by susie View all posts by susie
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“…ahead of the razor-thin 205-217 vote, which would have severely limited the NSA’s ability to collect data on Americans’ telephone records if passed, Pelosi privately and aggressively lobbied wayward Democrats to torpedo the amendment, a Democratic committee aid with knowledge of the deliberations tells The Cable.
“Pelosi had a big effect on more middle-of-the road hawkish Democrats who didn’t want to be identified with a bunch of lefties [voting for the amendment],” said the aide. “As for the Alexander briefings: Did they hurt? No, but that was not the central force, at least among House Democrats. Nancy Pelosi’s political power far outshines that of Keith Alexander’s.”
This happens again and again. Whenever the national security state or the eternal war machine needs votes to get money, Nancy, Steny, and the rest of them work the rubes, irrespective of whatever high sounding pronouncements they have made previously. “It’s an odd turn, considering that Pelosi has been, on many occasions, a vocal surveillance critic.”
I hope that the war is not over, but Pelosi’s influence was decisive in this battle. She is as good at teeing up that football as Lucy ever was.
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